On Thursday Scotland will vote on independence; and they should vote yes. According to the latest opinion polls, the Yes campaign has come from behind and pulled into a dead heat. I’ve been living in England for a year, but my support is firmly behind Scotland breaking away from the United Kingdom.
There are some strong pro-independence arguments out there that are constantly being discussed and debated, but I’m interested in bringing up a new angle. Power should not be centralized. It is a centralization of power—in this case in London—that allows governments to ignore and dictate popular opinion. Centralized governments do things like go to war and bail out corporations that fund big political campaigns. They create their own momentum that ultimately serves itself rather than the citizens it theoretically represents. In sum, the larger a government is, both in terms of space and authority, the less responsive it becomes to its citizens, especially outlying opinions and regions.
I generally support any movement that seeks to take power away from a centralized point and redirect it somewhere closer to the people. Some people say that the fear is that if Scotland gets independence then other regions around Europe may want the same. That’s not a fear of mine, it’s a hope.
Power is like a pile of manure: if you pile it all in one place it stinks; but if you spread it out, it can become a fertilizer.